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Miami Garbage Truck Falls 100 Feet off Interstate 95

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

A garbage truck belonging to the city of Miami drove through a concrete barrier on Interstate 95 on Monday and landed in a popular children’s park.

Details about the Accident Involving the Garbage Truck

The Miami Herald is reporting that a garbage truck belonging to the city of Miami somehow slammed through a concrete barrier on Interstate 95 on Monday afternoon and fell off the highway that crosses over the Miami River. The garbage truck went off the bridge and landed in a popular children’s park in Little Havana.

Thankfully, the accident happened on a day when the park was fairly quiet. According to authorities, the driver, who has been identified as Kaseem Smith, fell about 100 feet and was apparently thrown from the cab of the garbage truck which split from the garbage container.

Smith was seriously injured in the accident, and the truck also crushed two cars that were unoccupied at the time of the accident. Smith was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center and was listed in serious condition as of Monday night, according to the Miami Fire Rescue. No one else was injured.

Officers from the Florida Highway Patrol are currently working with investigators to determine what happened and why the driver lost control of the vehicle. The ramp was closed after the accident, which stalled traffic. Drivers that were stuck in traffic even got out of their cars to look at the damage below.

Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo – who represents the area where the accident happened said that garbage trucks like the one in the accident are normally equipped with cameras which should shed light on the details and circumstances of the accident.

Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso said that the garbage truck belonged to the Miami Solid Waste department and also said that the city is maintaining contact with the family of Smith.

Important Information about Large Trucking Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Fatalities involving large trucks increased by 4 percent from 2011-2012.
  • 3,781 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2012.
  • A total number of roughly 88,000 people were injured in 2012 in accidents involving large trucks. 

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